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Foundation Certificate in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation

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Learn the foundations of exercise rehabilitation for dogs so that you can provide practical exercise and management advice to clients; helping owners to support their dog in recovery from surgery or to manage degenerative conditions and pain.
Certificate in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation

As part of the Foundation Certificate in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation you will develop your understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and exercise physiology as well as learning the theory behind exercise prescription for dogs and rehab programme development. These are the foundations of canine rehabilitation therapy and a good understanding of these topics is essential to provide the best exercise and management advice to owners.

Who is this course for?

If you are a veterinary nurse or therapist who dreams of being able to provide the absolute best chance of recovery for your canine patients and wants to help their owners to ensure their beloved pet has the best quality of life, without musculoskeletal pain and suffering, then this course is the first step to making that dream become a reality. Whether you are:

A Veterinary Nurse wanting to develop your knowledge and skills in rehabilitation so that you can better assist clients with post operative exercise advice and see that more cases return to full function after surgery as well as providing support for patients with debilitating musculoskeletal conditions such as OA.


A Canine Manual Therapist who is frustrated that in some cases, although your hands on treatment provides great short term relief, your patient continues on a downward spiral and without the specific knowledge in corrective exercise, you are struggling to help them further.

The Certificate also forms the first module of the Diploma in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation, so if you later want to progress your skills to a more advanced level and become one our ‘Certified Rehabilitation Therapists’ then you will already be well on your way with the Certificate under your belt.

What our students have to say.....

Study for your Foundation Certificate in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation

What's included in this course?

During this course you will cover the fundamental principles of exercise rehabilitation for dogs which will include:

How much time is required to study?

Our courses are designed to fit in around your work and life commitments! Based on part time study of approximately 12 hours per week this course can be studied in 12 weeks. However, study time is flexible and you have up to a year to complete the course if you want to go at a slower pace.

Study for your Foundation Certificate in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation

Benefits of studying with us

Why should you choose to study with us?  Below are some of the reasons:

  • We have been doing this since 2003!  Your tutor, Katie Lawrence, is a very experienced specialist in veterinary education and veterinary physiotherapy/rehabilitation and has been training veterinary nurses in canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation since 2003. Katie’s unique combination of expertise means that she knows exactly what you need to know and exactly how you need to learn it.
  • Free access to supporting literature and research – with your course membership you have access to relevant research, some of which is not freely available and core textbooks, worth over £100 – one of which is the extensively detailed book ‘Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy’ written by experts in canine rehabilitation Darryl Millis and David Levine!!
  • Free access Canine Exercise Solutions Software which contains 100’s of instruction videos with experts from the University of Tennessee and Laurie Edge-Hughes from Four Leg Rehab Inc.  Access to this software is usually through a monthly subscription!
  • Support and community – You will become part of our private Facebook group just for our canine rehab students.  Here you will have the support of your classmates!  You also have direct access to Katie for any help and advice with cases or any other area of your study.  You are fully supported throughout your training.
  • Quality assured CPD/CE – Anyone can put together a CPD and sell it online.  There are no compulsory requirements to adhere to. However, we want to make sure that you feel confident studying with us so our courses and our organisation is externally endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme which is part of the Skills and Education Group.  This means that we choose to undergo robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure the quality of our courses and provision is continually met.
Meet Your Tutor

Registered Veterinary Physiotherapist, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Specialist in Veterinary Education - Katie Lawrence

Like you, I am dedicated to the wellbeing of animals. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you can provide the way forward for a dog who has broken down on the road to recovery. So much of the pain and suffering seen in dogs comes from their musculoskeletal system and I am so grateful that I have the knowledge and skills to help them.

Quick points about me:

My mission for the last 18 years has been to share my knowledge and skills far and wide, so that many more dogs can reap the benefits of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.  Thank you for helping me! Read more about Katie.

We LOVE to follow our past students' success!!

Read about Alex Collins and her growing business Flexidog Therapy & Training Workshops. 

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Alex Collins has continued to grow and develop her business Flexidog Therapy & Training Workshops despite all the challenges of 2020/21.

Alex has competed in Agility for the past 12 years and it was the endeavour to condition her dogs correctly and prevent sporting injuries that ignited her passion for therapy and rehabilitation. To build on her knowledge and skills from past training which include equine science, canine anatomy, physiology, nutrition and massage, Alex undertook our Diploma in Canine Exercise Rehabilitation which she completed in 2020.

Flexidog Therapy specialises in canine exercise rehabilitation programs, 'return to sports' fitness programs, fitness and conditioning group workshops and therapeutic massage to sporting and pet dogs. Here is what a Flexidog Therapy client has to say about Alex:

'I have completed a 10 session fitness programme that Alex devised for my two shelties who both do agility. I would wholeheartedly recommend Alex to anyone looking for an excellent conditioning programme for their dogs, whether working, rehab or just general conditioning. She is sensitive to their needs, extremely knowledgeable and very clear in her instruction and guidance’.

Alex has also partnered with therapists from Bach Canine Rehab and Canine Rebalance on an exciting project ‘Conditioning your Canine’. Conditioning your Canine provides access to a great library of canine conditioning and rehabilitation videos uniquely including training tips for owners.

Well done to Alex for all her hard work and for reaching more owners with high quality instruction and guidance for their pets!! Check out Flexi Dog Therapy.